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Robinson: "The Only Way Is Up"

4 July 2016

Callum Robinson has high hopes for his time at Deepdale after signing a permanent deal with the Club.

Robinson, who previously enjoyed three loan spells with the Lilywhites, made the permanent switch to become manager Simon Grayson's sixth signing of the summer.

The former Aston Villa man was delighted to get the deal done and start a new chapter with PNE. Speaking of the move he said: "I'm really happy to get the deal done, I've had a few loans here and I've really enjoyed my time with the lads and the coaching staff as I have said before.

"It was obviously a big decision for me leaving Aston Villa, I've been there since I was eight years old. So it was a big one for me but if there was ever a club for me to settle down with and sign permanently with it would be Preston North End.

"It's time to really give it a go and work hard on and off the pitch. I think I've still got a lot to work on to get stronger and bigger and work on my body a little bit more.

I've already thought about this stuff and I can only build and get better playing with the lads that we've got in the changing room here.

"I think the only way is up for me."

The 21-year-old admits that the coaching played a big part in his decision to leave Villa, who had offered him a new contract, and he is now looking forward to working with them again.

"I've got a really good understanding with the gaffer and people like Snods and Tommo, and  I really thought about who could help me build and make me better over the next few years.

"I've got the best coaching staff here I think in terms of who I get on with but then when it's work time it's work time.

"I think we've got a close, tight group here and we want to work hard for each other and there are some good characters. I think we've got a strong group and it's good that most of the lads have stayed together so I think we will have a bright and good season.

"We've got some great young players, the likes of Alan Browne, Ben Pearson, Liam Grimshaw, they are all my age. I think the way the Club is doing it and the way the manager is thinking about it, we are going to blend in with the senior players like Jermaine Beckford, Paul Gallagher, Joe Garner, Tom Clarke and players like that. I think we've got a good blend of youth and some experience as well."

To hear more from Callum, head to PNE PlayerHD for the full interview by clicking on the video below.


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